Fashion designer collaborates on new whisky release


anCnoc patrick grant whisky

A new limited expression of anCnoc Highland single malt scotch has been released in collaboration with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant.

The whisky, called Blas, meaning “taste” in Gaelic, is full-bodied, oily and complex, matured in American oak barrels and Spanish oak butts.

It is presented in a bottle designed by Patrick who was inspired by the brand, the flavour notes of the limited-edition whisky, and the traditional production methods used at its Knockdhu distillery.

Born in Edinburgh, Patrick is creative director of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons and luxury menswear label E.Tautz, and a judge on BBC2 show The Great British Sewing Bee.

The Blas design includes inspiration from members of the public who contributed to Patrick’s work by submitting ideas via social media.

Patrick said: “I spent a lot of time at Knockdhu not only taking in the landscape and surrounding areas but getting to know the people that work there and the methods that they use.

“Everything in the print is from the hill, the village of Knock or within the distillery itself and tells the story of the making of Blas. I’ve tried to interpret anCnoc’s history and tradition in a modern way, and hope this is translated through the aesthetic of the bottle.”

In appearance, Blas is golden and honeyed. On the nose it is densely sweet and fruity with notes of lemon and candied orange peel. Notes of bitter chocolate and vanilla add complexity and weight. To taste, Blas is full bodied and oily with plenty of length.

Selected by blender Mark Williamson, it has been bottled at 54% ABV and is neither chill-filtered nor coloured. In retail, it has the recommended price of £50.

Brand manager Stephanie Allison said: “The Knockdhu distillery is like no other, using traditional production methods to craft every whisky that is released. The partnership with Patrick pays homage to this, celebrating these time-honoured traditions.

“Every drop of this limited-edition scotch whisky celebrates Patrick and anCnoc’s shared Scottish heritage and the spirit of ‘modern tradition’.”

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